11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Loretto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Newport
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Lexington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville is known for museums, nature, casinos, breweries, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, wander the streets of Old Louisville, Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisville Zoo.

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New York City to Louisville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Louisville, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Distillery Tours

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 21st (Fri), Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, then hike along Cedar Sink Trail, and then stroll through Fat Man's Misery. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for gifts at Magaline's Antique Mall, and then see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum.

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Drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park. In September, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Loretto.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

National Corvette Museum, Magaline's Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

1
night
Loretto

Loretto ©
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Bardstown Art Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral, then learn about winemaking at McIntyre's Winery & Berries, and finally sample the fine beverages at Maker's Mark.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Loretto day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Loretto takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Loretto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Loretto, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in Loretto

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Bardstown
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral ©
Maker's Mark
Maker's Mark
McIntyre's Winery & Berries ©
McIntyre's Winery & Berries

2
nights
Newport

Newport
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Creation Museum, and then get outside with England idlewild park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Ark Encounter and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devou Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Newport trip planner .

Getting from Loretto to Newport by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Newport are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Creation Museum, Ark Encounter, England idlewild park, Devou Park
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Woodford Reserve Distillery and then try to win big at Keeneland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery and then immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lexington trip website .

Getting from Newport to Lexington by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Lexington sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

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